Forget cheese and freshly baked bread—you’re more likely to inhale jasmine, lavender, or violet in this charming French town. Grasse is best known as the world’s perfume capital, where perfumeries use locally grown flowers (and synthetics) to produce scents. See the process in action by visiting one of the town’s three factories that offer free guided tours. Learn even more about smells with a stop at the International Museum of the Perfumery.
All sniffed out? Visit old architectural marvels like the Cathedral, Saracen Tower, and the scenic villas. Climb one of the many hills for great views.
Where is it? The French Riviera. Fly to Cannes (check prices) and take a 50-minute bus ride to Grasse.
Where to stay? You can find some surprisingly good bargains at the five-star La Bastide Saint Antoine Jacques Chibois, a converted 18th-century country manor that features an olive grove and Bay of Cannes views.
What else should I know? Try to visit in May for the International Exposition of Rose, or in August for the Jasmine Festival..
Who’s it for? Perfumers, architecture lovers, flower fans.
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